Author Archives: The Texas Tribune

Baylor University stirs anger and confusion as it opens the door for first LGBTQ student group

Baylor University stirs anger and confusion as it opens the door for first LGBTQ student group

The decision to openly consider recognizing an LGBTQ group while simultaneously affirming the university’s belief that marriage is between a man and a woman raised concerns among supporters and opponents who say Baylor is trying to “have its cake and eat it, too.” By Kate McGee, The Texas Tribune LGBTQ students at Baylor University have

Texas attorney general says state board can’t ban social workers from discriminating against LGBTQ or disabled people

In a nonbinding opinion, Ken Paxton said the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council doesn’t have the authority to punish social workers who refuse service to clients based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability status. By Isabella Zou, The Texas Tribune Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding legal opinion Monday that

Texas GOP’s bills targeting transgender children have exacted a mental health toll, even if they don’t become law

As the clock ticks on this year’s legislative session, the House scheduled a Tuesday floor debate for a bill that would limit transgender children’s sports team participation. Other GOP bills that would restrict or punish transition-related health care, like puberty blockers, missed a key Sunday deadline to advance. By Megan Munce, The Texas Tribune Houston

Time runs out on Texas House bill banning gender confirmation health care for kids, but another attempt lives on in the Senate

House Bill 1399 would have banned gender confirmation surgery, hormone therapy and puberty suppression treatments for Texas’ transgender children. By Megan Munce, The Texas Tribune A controversial bill that would ban gender affirming health care for transgender children missed a key deadline Thursday for consideration in the Texas House. But a similar Senate bill still

Gender-affirming medical treatment for transgender kids would be considered child abuse under Texas Senate bill

Senate Bill 1646 is among several other bills that advocacy groups say erode the rights of transgender Texans. But it’s unclear what the legislation’s chances are in the House, where another major bill targeting transgender children appears to have stalled. By Megan Munce, The Texas Tribune “Gender-affirming medical treatment for transgender kids would be considered

Trans students in Texas would be barred from school sports teams matching their gender identity under a bill advanced by state Senate

The proposal would prohibit students from participating in a sport “that is designated for the biological sex opposite to the student’s biological sex as determined at the student’s birth.” By Shawn Mulcahy, The Texas Tribune Transgender students would be banned from competing on school sports teams based on their gender identity under a bill that

Texas Republicans want to keep transgender women out of women’s school sports teams

Lawmakers have filed legislation that would ban transgender girls and women who attend public K-12 schools, colleges and universities from playing on single-sex sports teams designated for girls and women. By Kate McGee and Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Texas Republicans are again trying to limit the ways transgender youth can participate in athletics. Lawmakers have

Texas social workers will no longer be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and people with disabilities

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for social workers’ LGBTQ and disabled clients after backlash from advocates and lawmakers. By Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune After backlash from lawmakers and advocates, a state board voted Tuesday to undo a rule change that would have allowed social workers to turn away

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